House Freedom Caucus lobbied Trump for help in releasing FBI memo: report
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Top members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus last week urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE for help in releasing a memo alleging the FBI's political bias in wiretapping a former Trump campaign adviser, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. 

Reps. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump reacts to Ginsburg's death: 'An amazing woman who led an amazing life' Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death United Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE (R-N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHouse passes resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus Republicans call for Judiciary hearing into unrest in cities run by Democrats Trump, GOP seek to rebut Democratic narrative on night one MORE (R-Ohio), the chairman and co-founder of the conservative caucus, reportedly told Trump in a phone call about the memo and their plan to release it.


A White House official confirmed the phone call but told the Post that Trump did not endorse the plan to release the memo. Others familiar with the conversation said Trump was apparently unaware of the memo. 

Another insider with knowledge of the matter told CNN that Trump was in favor of having Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: With less than two months to go, race for the White House heats up Sunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, release the memo. The White House pushed back against the report, saying Trump hasn't yet made a decision.

Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary, told CNN that the president's decision will come after an extensive government agency review and national security review. 

Republican lawmakers led by Nunes have sought the release of the memo, which reportedly contains allegations that the FBI abused a surveillance program against the Trump campaign in 2016. 

Democrats have opposed the move, painting it as the Republicans' latest effort to discredit the FBI as politically biased against Trump. 

The four-page memo by Nunes reportedly says that both the FBI and Justice Department abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with its actions against the Trump campaign, challenging the evidence it used to wiretap former campaign adviser Carter Page.